Islamic Perspectives on the New Millennium
Publication Year: 2004
Published by: ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute
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Table of Contents
The assembling of a collection of essays requires patience from each contributor as well as from the publisher and, as editors, we have been most grateful for the collegial support they have generously given. Many of the contributors came together for preliminary discussions about...
1. Islamic Perpectives on the New Millennium
The suicide bombings in the United States of America on 11 September 2001, executed by terrorists claiming they acted in the name of Islam, set in train events whose repercussions will influence world politics for the foreseeable future. Although the perpetrators were denounced by Muslim leaders around...
The New World Order
2. Islam and the West: Challenges and Opportunities
Whilst relations between the West and the world of Islam are today complex and multi-dimensional, with elements of both conflict and co-operation, in general they are very tense. This tension has its roots not so much in religious but in political and politically motivated perceptual differences, the intensity...
3. Indonesian Responses
This chapter describes Indonesian Muslim responses to, and perspectives of, “the new world order”, and shows how they are shaped by a set of historical, economic, and political conditions, including the recent reformasi (reform) movement. The perspectives and responses are not necessarily consistent over...
The New Age
4. Islam and Globalization: Arab World Perspectives
There is no doubt that globalization, with all of the ambiguities and disconnections that it involves, has become the new grand narrative of our times, particularly in the social sciences and in the media. In attempting to appraise “Islamic perspectives” within the regional context of the Middle East...
5. Indonesian Muslims Enter a New Age
An understanding of cultural aspects has the effect of widening one’s horizons and freeing oneself from dogmatism and normativism. We are in great need of historical awareness, without becoming “historified” in the sense of making absolute what existed in the past, but rather seeing it as an actual...
6. Financial Activism among Indonesian Muslims
This chapter describes the dynamics of the Islamic perspective on the economy within the context of Indonesia. It argues that in modern times, particularly during the New Order period and the reformation afterwards, a significant number of Muslim intellectuals have been developing ideas on an...
7. Islamic Banking and Finance: In Search of a Pragmatic Model
During the twentieth century, with the emergence and intensification of a global Islamic revivalist movement, calls were made to transform the existing political, legal, social, and economic institutions of Muslim societies into institutions that were more in line with Islamic norms and principles...
8. Political Islam in Post-Soeharto Indonesia
The dawn of the new millennium has brought not only euphoria to citizens of the world, but also hopes of better political and economic lives for Muslims. By the same token, the new millennium brings increasing anxiety among Muslims as tendencies, which have gained momentum over the last decade...
9. The Experience of the Islamic Republic of Iran
At the conceptual level, the universality of Islam and the plurality of nations seem irreconcilable. However, in practice one can find different ways and means to build bridges between the two. The main concern of this chapter is the compatibility of Islam and the nation-state, with particular attention...
10. Muslim Women and Human Rights in the Middle East and South Asia: Occupying Different Spaces
Social movements are not new phenomena. Human beings have long organized themselves into non-hierarchical groups that bypass political structures to bring about desired change. In the early nineteenth century, a number of religious, feminist, nationalist, and class movements attempted...
11. Islam, Gender, and Politics in Indonesia
An analysis of this debate demands a broader context: to what extent has public debate in Indonesia about women’s participation in public life rested on Islamic textual interpretation? To what extent has Islamic doctrine determined the limits and possibilities of women’s political participation, in...
Law and Knowledge
12. Perspectives on Shari'a and the State: The Indonesian Debates
Before coming to the debates which form the subject of this chapter it is necessary to list in short form the institutional structures through which the state dominates and determines Islam. These have been discussed elsewhere but I give the appropriate references for those who are unfamiliar with the...
13. The Role of Muslims in the New Millennium
We have just emerged from an American century, whatever that means. It could have been a German century had the Allied forces lost the Second World War, or a Japanese century had Hiroshima and Nagasaki been spared the atomic bomb. What happened, of course, happened by the...
14. Developing Islamic Arguments for Change through "Liberal Islam"
The last decade of the twentieth century saw the publication of many writings by Muslims who argued that extremists were causing violence not only to people but also to the basic precepts of Islam. In 1997 for example, Bassam Tibi, well-known analyst of contemporary Islam, concluded the Preface to...
Index of Names
Index of Subjects
Page Count: 266
Publication Year: 2004
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